MTN announces the launch of MoMo International Airtime enabling cross-border transactions | MTN Business

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MTN has announced the launch of MoMo International Airtime, which allows users to purchase airtime for recipients in other countries. This applies to foreign nationals living in South Africa and South Africans with friends and family living overseas. Registered MoMo users will be able to access the service on the MoMo app or via the MoMo USSD by dialling *151#.  

When customers buy airtime on MoMo, there is now a third option called Global Airtime. When you select a country where the recipient resides, it will show you all the multiple operators available in each of those countries and you can then select the correct network operator. You will be charged for the airtime in South African Rands, from your MoMo wallet, and it will reflect in the relevant local currency in that specified country. 

The purchase of airtime will only be permitted for recipients in the listed available countries along with available mobile operators in their respective countries. The countries which this service is available include Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malawi, Senegal, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana. MTN MoMo customers will receive a quote by providing the required information, which includes the country, mobile operator, recipient MSISDN and airtime value. 

“MTN continues to provide innovative solutions for people to stay in touch with loved ones across the globe. Connecting people has always been our primary goal, and we will work tirelessly to ensure we bring people closer through the power of technology.  Within this latest development, we are proud to be able to facilitate cross-border transactions,” says Chief Officer of MTN SA’s Mobile Financial Services, Felix Kamenga. 

MoMo subscribers wanting to use this service can following these simple steps: 

  1. Find the service by selecting “Airtime and bundles” on the landing screen 
  2. Select the global number option (see below) 
  3. Choose a country and operator from the available options 
  4. Enter the recipient MSIDSN and select an airtime value from the available options 
  5. Confirm if you accept the quote and the funds will be deducted from your MoMo wallet 
  6. The recipient will be notified of a successful transaction by their mobile operator 

MTN MoMo is a financial services platform that enables customers to store, send and receive money; buy Telkom, Cell C and Vodacom airtime and bundles; and pay for prepaid electricity, DSTV accounts and other bills, all from their mobile phones. Customers can transact using their MoMo app or MoMo USSD (*151#). This offer is available to all South Africans, even if they’re not on the MTN network. 

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